‘Gut-punching’ poll shows ‘big red flags’ for Democrats, behind in nearly every major issue

The Wall Street Journal has conducted a new survey and for President Joe Biden, his administration, and Democrats in general, the news as the midterm elections approach is bad. Very, very bad.

With the notable exception of COVID, voters prefer how Republicans handle nearly every major issue.

According to the survey, 56% of voters are not pleased with Biden’s performance, with a whopping 47% stating they “strongly disapprove,” up one point from Nov. 2021 numbers which mirrored those of March.

Democratic pollster John Anzalone, who, along with Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio, conducted the WSJ survey, stated, “The mood of the country hasn’t gotten any better since the last poll. In fact,” he added, “it’s gotten a little worse.”

Half of all voters — a full 50% — stated the federal government most needs to focus on inflation and the economy.

Of the six policy issues surveyed, it was the president’s handling of rising prices and inflation that received the most painful rating, with 63% of voters expressing their disapproval and 54% strongly disapproving.

Forty-nine percent surveyed strongly disapprove of Biden’s handling of the economy in general.

Advantages Democrats once enjoyed on issues such as improving education and the response to COVID-19 have dramatically narrowed, another sign that campaigning Dems are in trouble.

On education, Republicans gained four points from the last poll, tightening the spread to just nine points, and confidence in Democrats’ ability to handle the pandemic waned from a 16-point advantage to just 11 points.

That voters seem to favor Dems’ approach to COVID is surprising, given the number of them who flocked to Florida for drinks and loosened mandates.

As to which party could best protect middle-class families, the past four months have demolished the Dems’ five-point lead, leaving conservatives and liberals neck-and-neck on the issue.

The war in Ukraine rated a distant second in importance to inflation, with only one quarter, or 25%, of voters saying the conflict was of top concern to them.

“Underscoring the political problem for Democrats: More voters said that Republicans had a better plan to improve the economy, 45% to 37%, even though Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the party’s leaders in each chamber, have advanced few specific economic-policy proposals they would pursue if they controlled Congress,” the WSJ notes.

An overwhelming 89% of voters stated they were closely following the Russia-Ukraine crisis, and among those who claimed to be following the closest, Biden’s handling of the situation gained more support, with a 54% approval rating.

“The idea of banning imports of Russian oil, as Mr. Biden ordered this week, had support from 79% of voters — including three-fourths of Republicans — who said they backed the move even if energy prices increased as a result,” WSJ reported. It remains to be seen if those numbers will hold once the reality of record-setting gas prices sets in.

Overall, says analyst Josh Kraushaar, the numbers are “just gut-punching.”

“The 20+ pt GOP edge on crime and narrowing advantage on education big red flags for Ds,” he added in a tweet.

This is especially true, considering the Democratic party’s continued loss of favor among Black and Hispanic voters.

“Support for a Republican candidate rose to 27% among Black voters, up from 12% in November,” WSJ reports.

And Hispanic voters signaled their preference for a Republican Congressional candidate by nine percentage points. In November, support for the two parties was tied.

While Democratic politicians may find the new poll distressing, many on Twitter wonder how, given current events in America and around the world, anyone could possibly be surprised.

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